04-26-2011, 12:33 AM
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I have been very lucky not to get any of the snails that reproduce massively to hitchhike on any of my plants I have bought. Then again, all but one of my plants (the mondo grass) came from a high quality LFS and the plants I buy from them are clippings they take off of larger ones and grow in a seperate tank to avoid snails. The mondo grass I bought from Petsmart on an impulse buy, however they know me there very well, and made sure to shake, check, double check, triple check, quad check to make sure it was snail free.
I did purchase a snail...just one...and its a mystery snail. And with just one in the tank I dont have to worry about it reproducing...unless it was female I could have gotten eggs above the waterline in the beginning and I did I would have just scraped them off and thrown them in the trash. I have had my snail for a little while now and I am pretty sure he is male. But he is one of the most interesting thing in the world.
Its weird, I have tons of fish in my 29 gallon, but I spend more time watching my 15 gal which only has three fish in it...it seems like my ADF, snail, and betta are just more fun to watch...especially in a new tank!!! At first I was worried the snail wasnt eating once transferred to a new tank without algae or anything...but after a few days he finally attacked an algae disc!
But that is a cute little snail you have!! If he is your first snail you will so enjoy watching him. (my mystery snail is my first snail). Just avoid salt & metals in the tank and take extra care if you have to use meds in the tank if you wish to keep him.